I am an Oregonian who's lived all over the continent, and married a 5th-generation Texan. My passion is wine, my comfort and delight is cooking and eating well, and my survival skills involve reading, camping, hiking and knitting. The original Moosewood Cookbook taught me how to cook, not just follow a recipe. Suvir Saran's Indian Home Cooking is the best Indian cookbook I've ever used, and really taught me a lot about using whole spices. I love experimenting!